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Martin Luther King, Jr. — Capsúlbheathaisnéis i nGaeilge (Brief Bio in Irish) Posted by on Jan 18, 2016

(le Róislín) The fundamental concept of a “gluaiseacht cearta sibhialta” transcends any one country, so it seems appropriate to recognize the American federal holiday, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, with a brief biography of King n Irish.  In fact, the Civil Rights Movement of 1960s America, in which King played an immensely significant role, was…

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Chinese New Year in Irish: Cén tAinmhí (which animal) do 2015? Posted by on Feb 18, 2015

(le Róislín) Bliain Nua na Síneach agus Parthas na nGramadóirí.  Chinese New Year and this year, 2015, a grammarian’s paradise. Cén fáth?  Why? Because unlike previous years, 2015 offers us two, perhaps even three, animals as the symbol for the year. But choosing between animals would mostly be vocabulary, not grammar, right?  Like “sheep” vs…

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Smaoinigh air sin! Smaoinigh air seo! Or, A Penny for your “Smaointe” Posted by on May 13, 2009

Transparent Language’s Word of the Day recently featured “smaoineamh,” a word whose pronunciation has intrigued many of my students over the years.  Fortunately, now all you have to do is click on the WOTD link to hear it (https://blogs.transparent.com/wotd/today/irish.htm).  Some speakers don’t pronounce the final –mh at all (SMWEEN-yuh); others pronounce it as a “v”…

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